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CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition

CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition

Peter Smid


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Includes CD-ROM of NCPlot™



CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition, has earned the title of de facto standard for training as well as reference content at all levels of computer numerical control programming. Hundreds of educational institutions around the world use the handbook as the primary text for CNC courses. And thousands of programmers and machine operators employ it on the shop floor.


This is the book that literally defines CNC programming. Noteworthy for the author's careful, uncompromising attention to detail, the new 600-page 3rd Edition incorporates comments and suggestions from hundreds of professionals in the field. The comprehensive result is an extraordinary volume. The 3rd Edition is packed with over one thousand illustrations, tables, formulas, tips, shorcuts and pragmatic examples.


The included CD-ROM contains a fully functional 15-day shareware version of CNC tool path editor/simulator, NCPlot™. This powerful, easy-to-learn program includes an amazing array of features, many not found in competitive products. NCPlot offers an unmatched combination of simplicity of use and richness of features. Support for many advanced control options is standard, including an interpreter that simulates Fanuc and similar macro programs. Here are some other benefits:

  • Featured on the CD-ROM are numerous training exercises keyed to individual chapters*
  • These accompany solutions and detailed explanations
  • Special programming and machining examples are provided in the form of complete machine files useful as actual programming resources
  • Virtually all files employ the ubiquitous Adobe PDF format, enabling high resolution printing


You'll also discover the following in the CNC Programming Handbook, 3rd Edition:/p>

  • Detailed section on CNC lathes with live tooling, including examples
  • Image files of many actual parts, used as examples
  • More programming examples (both in printed text and on the CD-ROM)
  • Optimized for the latest Fanuc and related control systems
  • Additional formulas, calculations and handy reference material
  • Fourth axis programming (indexing and rotary)
  • CD-ROM based projects, including several as interactive PDF forms
  • Improved index for better topic search

Please note: While this text is a complete teaching and learning aid, the CD-ROM provided with this book includes information in the book, as well as supplementary materials. In 2008, this CD was designed for use on Windows 98 or higher operating systems (98SE, ME, NT/2000, XP, and Vista) with an Adobe Reader v8.1.0 or higher; some files require Microsoft Excel 2007 or later. We cannot guarantee that it will run on newer machines and with newer operating systems and programs. Please contact with any further questions regarding this digital add-on.

Peter Smid is a professional consultant, educator and speaker, with many years of practical, hands-on experience, in the industrial and educational fields. During his career, he has gathered an extensive experience with CNC and CAD/CAM applications on all levels. He consults to manufacturing industry and educational institutions on practical use of Computerized Numerical Control technology, part programming, Autocad®, Mastercam® and other CAD/CAM software, as well as advanced machining, tooling, setup, and many other related fields. His comprehensive industrial background in CNC programming, machining and company-oriented training has assisted several hundred companies to benefit from his wide-ranging knowledge.

Mr. Smid’s long time association with advanced manufacturing companies and CNC machinery vendors, as well as his affiliation with a number of Community and Technical College industrial technology programs and machine shop skills training, have enabled him to broaden his professional and consulting skills in the areas of CNC and CAD/CAM training, computer applications and needs analysis, software evaluation, system benchmarking, programming, hardware selection, software customizing, and operations management.


Over the years, Mr. Smid has developed and delivered hundreds of customized educational programs to thousands of instructors and students at colleges and universities across United States, Canada and Europe, as well as to a large number of manufacturing companies and private sector organizations and individuals. He has actively participated in many industrial trade shows, conferences, workshops and various seminars, including submission of papers, delivering presentations and a number of speaking engagements to professional organizations. He is also the author of articles and many in-house publications on the subject of CNC and CAD/CAM. For six years he had a monthly column in the ShopTalk Magazine related to CNC programming. During his many years as a highly respected professional in the CNC industrial and educational field, he has developed tens of thousands of pages of high quality training materials.

The author welcomes comments, suggestions and other input from educators, students and industrial users. You may contact him at


The Third Edition's contents span 12 pages. We've provided a PDF file for download: CNC Programming Handbook, Third Edition Table of Contents


Here's a list of the chapters:

  • Numerical Control
  • CNC Milling
  • CNC Turning
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Control System
  • Program Planning
  • Part Program Structure
  • Prepatory Commands
  • Miscellaneous Functions
  • Sequence Block
  • Input of Dimensions
  • Spindle Control
  • Feedrate Control
  • Tool Function
  • Reference Points
  • Register Commands
  • Position Compensation
  • Work Offsets
  • Tool Length Offset
  • Rapid Positioning
  • Machine Zero Return
  • Linear Interpolation
  • Block Skip Function
  • Dwell Command
  • Fixed Cycles
  • Machining Holes
  • Pattern of Holes
  • Face Milling
  • Circular Interpolation
  • Cutter Radius Offset
  • Plane Selection
  • Contour Milling
  • Slots and Pockets
  • Turning and Boring
  • Lathe Cycles
  • Grooving on Lathes
  • Part-Off
  • Single Point Threading
  • Subprograms
  • Datum Shift
  • Mirror Image
  • Coordinate Rotation
  • Scaling Function
  • CNC Lathe Accessories
  • Helical Milling
  • Horizontal Machining
  • Live Tooling on Lathes
  • Writing a CNC Program
  • Program Documents
  • Program Verification
  • CNC Machining
  • Interfacing to Devices
  • Math in CNC Programming
  • CNC and CAD/CAM
  • Reference Tables
  • Speeds and Feeds
  • NCPlot Features
  • Index